academic year


Definition of academic year

: the annual period of sessions of an educational institution usually beginning in September and ending in June

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The school walkouts that riled teacher contract talks this summer in more than a dozen districts across Washington state have only recently settled down with the start of the academic year. Neal Morton, The Seattle Times, "Washington state schools chief adds capital-gains tax, special education to his budget wish list," 9 Oct. 2018 About 6,000 students attended District 15 middle schools in the last academic year: About 12% were Asian, 12% black, 42% Latino, and 32% white, city data said. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Makes Big Diversity Push in Brooklyn School District," 20 Sep. 2018 Ninety-four percent of welding certificates went to men in the last academic year, and 95 percent of cosmetology certificates went to women, an analysis of data provided by the U.S. Department of Education shows. Kelly Field, The Atlantic, "Why Are Women Still Choosing the Lowest-Paying Jobs?," 25 Jan. 2018 University of Kentucky Campus Attitudes Toward Safety survey results from the 2015-2016 academic year. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Experts: University of Kentucky's sexual assault policy may be illegal," 11 July 2018 In the past academic year, 292 such incidents were reported — a 77 percent increase from the previous year, according to the report released Thursday. Julia Jacobs,, "White Supremacists’ Use of Campus Propaganda Is Soaring, Report Finds," 29 June 2018 Another unsuccessful academic year would have marked those campuses for closure in 2019-20. Kent P. Scribner, star-telegram, "FWISD superintendent announces "turnaround" at some low-performing elementary schools," 28 June 2018 Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh committed the act while she was intoxicated during a drinking game in the 1983-84 academic year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman. Judson Berger, Fox News, "Trump calls new Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political,’ stands by nominee," 2 Oct. 2018 More than 320 students were enrolled at the elementary school, which is about 92 percent black, in the 2017-2018 academic year, according to state data. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "This school was named for a Confederate general. Now, it’s Obama Elementary.," 19 June 2018

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1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of academic year

: the time during a year when a school has classes

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